January 16, 2009


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AEMMER, William P., 70, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, New Albany, Jan. 2. Husband of Linda (Kerberg) Aemmer. Father of Beth Adams, Tami Baker, Tina, Eric and Tom Aemmer. Stepfather of Daniel and Richard Kerberg III. Brother of Donna Condra, Marggie Kannapel, Lou Sowders, Pat Stone, Richard, Robert and Tony Aemmer. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of three.

ANDERSON, Anne C., 86, St. Andrew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Dec. 10. Mother of Karen and Lawrence Anderson. Sister of Frances Olivia. Grandmother of one. Great-grandmother of two.

BARRELL, Mary K., 95, Annunciation, Brazil, Dec. 28. Mother of Joyce Barrell. Sister of Inez Carson.

BLAYDES, Fred, 82, Christ the King, Indianapolis, Dec. 30. Father of Vickie Harper, Judith Schulz, Larry and Louis Schulz. Grandfather of eight. Great-grandfather of three.

BROCHIN, Edna Elizabeth, 100, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Dec. 2. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of 23. Great-great-grandmother of 10.

BROCKER, Donald L., 83, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Dec. 30. Husband of Phyllis Brocker. Father of Jenni Aguilar, Pam Childers, Debbie Curts, Susan Starr-Morton, Robert and Scott Brocker. Brother of Betty Annulis and Shirley Pinaud. Grandfather of nine. Great-grandfather of 13.

CHOAT, Theresa S., 37, Holy Cross, Indianapolis, Dec. 14. Daughter of Patrick and Mary (Sine) Choat. Sister of Brenda Heath and John Choat.

COONING, Augusta F., 82, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Jan. 1. Wife of Jack Cooning. Mother of Maria Harrison, Shawn Persinger, Kim and Christopher Cooning. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of five.

DARGIE, Sandra, 63, St. Mary, Richmond, Dec. 30. Wife of Robert Dargie. Mother of Mary Beard, Rebecca Schroeder, Bruce, Chris, Mark, Mike and Patrick Dargie. Sister of Judith Bell, Susan Nugent, James and Joseph Webb. Grandmother of 29.

DELANEY, Patricia Clara, 82, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Dec. 15. Wife of Bernard Delaney. Sister of Kathy Benson, Carol Burkhart, Mary Ann McGuire, James, Martin, Michael and Patrick Delaney. Sister of Theresa Basso. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of nine.

EWING, Richard L., 63, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Jan. 2. Husband of Jo Ann (Powers) Ewing. Father of Jo Lynn Garing, Jill, Robert and Ryan Ewing. Brother of Gerrold Ewing. Grandfather of two.

FENWICK, Mary C., 93, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Floyds Knobs, Dec. 21.

FREIBERGER, Betty L., 75, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Dec. 29. Wife of Evans Freiberger. Mother of Charles, Duane and Glenn Freiberger. Sister of Margaret Ann Maher. Grandmother of four. Great-grandmother of three.

GAUDIANI, Elissa A., 55, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 31. Mother of Vera Fry. Daughter of Vera (Rossano) Gaudiani. Sister of Dr. Clare, Dr. Linda, Michael and Dr. Vincent Gaudiani. Grandmother of two.

GEDIG, Deloris A., 79, St. Barnabas, Indianapolis, Dec. 27. Wife of William F. Gedig. Mother of Sharon Gedig-Brich, Sandra Gedig-Epler, Suzette Gedig-Phillips and W. Michael Gedig. Sister of Margaret Lutes. Grandmother of six.

HILL, Charles F., 49, St. Matthew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Dec. 5. Husband of Peggy (Stearley) Hill. Father of F. Alex, Jennifer and Stephanie Hill. Son of Frank and Linda (Rettig) Hill. Brother of Jane Callahan and Jeff Hill.

HONAN, Catherine (Molohan), 77, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Dec. 23. Sister of Elizabeth Howard, Therese Kuhns and Alice Skiles Meadal. Aunt of several.

HONAN, Lawrence A., Jr., 79, St. Michael the Archangel, Indianapolis, Dec. 23. Brother of Fran Herr. Uncle of several.

HUFF, Patricia, 67, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Dec. 7. Wife of Don Huff. Mother of Jennifer Beavin, Sandra Block, Bill, James, Michael and Paul Huff. Daughter of Rovilla Bryant. Sister of Charles and Paul Bryant. Grandmother of 15.

KEGERIS, Margaret, 86, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 19. Mother of Kitty Hughes, Peggy Jones, Karen Wilson, Kurt and Tom Kegeris. Sister of John and Thomas Clark. Grandmother of 12. Great-grandmother of five.

KORN, Margaret J., 97, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, Dec. 9. Mother of Carol Becher, Jo Ann Wright and William Korn. Grandmother of eight. Great-grandmother of 10. Great-great-grandmother of two.

KRUER, Marvin L., 88, St. Mary-of-the-Knobs, Floyds Knobs, Dec. 26. Husband of Reva Kruer. Father of Stacie Boyd and Stephen Kruer. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of four.

LABELLE, Edward J., 86, St. Pius X, Indianapolis, Dec. 30. Father of Brian and Ron Labelle. Brother of Rita Theriault and Emile Labelle. Grandfather of two.

LAPINSKI, Anne, 80, St. Mary, Greensburg, Dec. 16. Mother of Linda Holstein and John Lapinski. Sister of Eve Murphy, Mary Warmington and Tommy Cullen. Grandmother of three.

MAESTRI, Charles J., 61, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Indianapolis Dec. 29. Brother of Julie Haas, Gabby Lambert and Ada Nina. Stepfather of four. Step-grandfather of four.

MANIULIT, Cecilia Perez, 68, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Nov. 29. Mother of Ammabelle Cunanan and Mary Ann Maniulit. Sister of Allan Maniulit and Ariel Salinas. Grandmother of seven.

McATEE, Eddie, 84, St. Andrew the Apostle, Indianapolis, Dec. 12. Mother of Eunice Ford, Albert Farmer, Donald McAtee and Anthony Moore.

McNEIL, Mary L., 69, SS. Francis and Clare, Greenwood, Dec. 25. Wife of John McNeil. Mother of Vicky Driver, Kelly Fenter, Denise Smith, Cary, Glen, John and Joseph McNeil. Grandmother of 11.

MEER, Joseph B., 102, St. Mary-of-the-Rock, Franklin County, Dec. 10. Father of Marian Jansing, Dorothy Kuntz and Ruth Ronnebaum. Grandfather of 13. Great-grandfather of 33. Great-great-grandfather of eight.

MEYERS, Francis Euller, 84, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Indianapolis, Dec. 22. Father of Karen Kasey, Patricia Miller, Jo Ellen Sharp, Sharon Wray, Carolyn and Robert Meyers. Brother of Clara Gardner, Donald and James Meyers. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of four.

MOAK, Raphael, Jr., 71, Holy Family, Richmond, Dec. 21. Husband of Carrol Moak. Father of Monica King and Michael Moak. Brother of Robert Moak. Grandfather of two.

O’NEIL, Thomas Mack, Sr., 71, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Dec. 23. Husband of Jean (Sohm) O’Neil. Father of Michael, Stanley and Thomas O’Neil Jr. Brother of Betty Brooks, Esther Drinkwater, Christopher and Hugh O’Neil. Grandfather of four. Great-grandfather of one.

PARIS, John D., 71, St. Simon the Apostle, Indianapolis, Dec. 23. Husband of Kathleen (Hurley) Paris. Father of Michelle Wuensch. Grandfather of four.

REED, Martha, 84, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Jeffersonville, Nov. 9. Aunt of several.

SMITH, Joseph T., 86, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis, Dec. 23. Husband of Marcella Smith. Father of Judith Armentrout, Barbara Farlow, Jane Green, Kathleen Kreuzman, Frances, Christopher, John and Joseph Smith. Brother of Elizabeth Ahern and Margaret Cherolis. Grandfather of 27. Great-grandfather of 22.

SONNE, Agnes Louise, 83, Holy Family, New Albany, Dec. 24. Wife of Dr. Irvin Sonne Jr. Mother of Diane, Irvin Sonne III and Dr. Thomas Sonne. Sister of Francis Ledford, James and Dr. William Johnson. Grandmother of eight.

STITES, Beverly A., 73, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Dec. 14. Mother of Michelle and Therese Woodard, Jim and John Miller II. Stepmother of Jane DuMond, Cathy Fennell, Don and Rob Stites. Sister of Patricia Logue. Grandmother of 11. Great-grandmother of six.

TIMMES, Marie, 94, St. Lawrence, Indianapolis, Dec. 13. Mother of Mary Shanabruch, John and Tom Timmes. Sister of Edward Kuntz. Grandmother of 15. Great-grandmother of 14.

TRUSNIK, Timothy J., 45, St. Christopher, Indianapolis, Dec. 4. Father of Ben and Jake Trusnik. Son of Mac and Shirley Trusnik. Brother of Anna Allen, Natalie Hammer and Nancy Trusnik.

WACHS, Helen F., 82, Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis, Dec. 26. Mother of Michael Palmer. Grandmother of four.

WATT, Robert Baldwin, Sr., 82, St. Augustine, Jeffersonville, Jan. 2. Husband of Joyce (King) Watt. Father of Sheila Patterson and William Watt. Grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of six. Great-great-grandfather of one.

YEKER, Rose Lee, 80, St. Paul, Sellersburg, Nov. 13. Wife of John Yeker Jr. Mother of Becky Eiler, Janet Louan, Anthony and John Yeker III. Grandmother of seven. Step-grandmother of two. Great-grandmother of two. Step-great-grandmother of five.

ZEISER, David W., 59, St. Nicholas, Sunman, Dec. 24. Husband of Ellen (Hines) Zeiser. Father of Kristen Drake, Kimberly Rygielski and John Zeiser. Brother of Joan Pessler, Ruth Reif, Kathleen Reynolds, Virginia Stewart, Marie Stoffel and John Zeiser. Grandfather of three.

Franciscan Sister Mary Helen Rosenberger taught for 54 years

Franciscan Sister Mary Helen Rosenberger died on Dec. 5 at St. Clare Hall, the health care facility for the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, in Oldenburg. She was 94.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 9 at the motherhouse chapel in Oldenburg. Burial followed at the sisters’ cemetery.

The former Mildred Rosenberger was born on June 26, 1914, in Brookville. She entered the Oldenburg Franciscan community on Sept. 8, 1930, and professed her final vows on July 2, 1936.

Sister Mary Helen taught grade school for 54 years at Catholic schools in Indiana, Missouri and Ohio.

In the archdiocese, she taught at Little Flower School in Indianapolis, Holy Name School in Beech Grove, St. Nicholas School in Sunman and St. Mary School in Greensburg.

Sister Mary Helen retired to the motherhouse in 1990.

Surviving are many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN 47036. †

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